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Tennessee Titans Gamble on Chris Johnson Shows Bud Adams Forgets His Past
Category: NFL
Tags: Tennessee Titans Chris Johnson Bud Adams NFL NCAA College Football Buffalo Bills New York Jets American Football League AFC AFL Heisman

Chris Johnson is the best running back in the NFL today, and has been the past few seasons. He has accomplished this respect despite having virtually no help on offense besides his blockers.

Now Johnson wants to get paid like he is amongst the best in the NFL. The problem is that he plays a position where the average career doesn't last even two years. Gambling that a running back reliant on his speed can keep up his current pace after 925 carries in his first three seasons seems a bad bet to some.

Yet Johnson, the 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, has gone to the Pro Bowl all three years. His $12 million contract pales in comparison to the $40 million five-year deal Minnesota Vikings star halfback Adrian Peterson has.

Why Titans owner Bud Adams has allowed Johnson to miss so much training camp is bewildering. Adams is a maverick owner known for being aggressive to help his team win.

One of the original owners to kick-start the American Football League in 1960, Adams got the AFL front page headlines on most newspapers right away. He did this by taking on the established and powerful NFL.

Billy Cannon had just won the 1959 Heisman Trophy and was at the top of everyone's list as the most desired college football player in the 1960 draft. Pete Rozelle was still the general manager of the Los Angeles Rams, but was about to assume the duties of NFL commissioner for the next 30 years.

Rozelle made it no secret the Rams, who owned the first pick of the 1960 NFL Draft, was going to select Cannon. Adams decided to go a route few saw coming.

During the 1959 Sugar Bowl, Adams found his way along the sideline. When the game ended, he approached Cannon and got him to sign an AFL contact to play with Adam's Houston Oilers. The Oilers, now named the Titans after moving to Tennessee in 1997, would win the first two AFL titles.

Rozelle was not pleased with how Adams got Cannon on his team, so he threatened legal action. Adams took the NFL to court and won. But he was not done helping stabilize the AFL. Adams was crucial in helping a struggling New York Titans franchise, now named the Jets, stay in business.

These were critical moves that gave the AFL more power and eventually force the NFL to merge the two leagues. Adams vision is big reason the AFC is in existence today.

You'd think a man that aggressive would not lollygag about and let his best player twist in the wind. Especially since the team just hired a new head coach and got rid of a quarterback who was supposed to be a star there for years.

Adams certainly hasn't lost the fire in his gut at 88-years old, as was seen in 2009 when Adams gave the bird to Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson during the Titans 41-14 victory. Old friends who started the AFL together, the playful Adams was eventually fined $250,000 for his obscene gesture.

Yet not giving Johnson a contract worthy of his skills may be the more obscene gesture that Adams has given in years. Typically overly generous and loyal to his team, Adams is not doing himself any favors by dragging on this contact dispute.

Johnson is in Titans headquarters trying to get a contact done so he can play football again. While Adams might want some clauses in the contract he eventually offers, because of the tenuous life an NFL running back lives, he should allow Johnson the opportunity to play and earn a paycheck that is along the lines of Peterson's huge contract.

Jacked up Washington DC
Category: User Showcase

I just gotta drop a line and talk about a few things that just seem stupid to me.

1.  Libya.  Here is the United States of America celebrating the "FACT" that we had something to do with the people rising up and dropping Qadaafi.  I hate to break it to America, but we had nothing to do with it, and to brag that we did in a public form is only pissing off the rest of the world 75% of which either already hates us or dislikes us for being the arrogant bunch of cocksuckers that the idiots in DC portray us as.  Hey Washington, DC - SHUT THE FUCK UP and let the people who did the actual work and died in order to get rid of a despot have their day in the sun without you taking credit for it!

2.  Democrats vs. the Tea Party.  Hey Democrats, wasn't it just a year ago that you all were saying that you didn't give a shit about something that doesn't exist?  So why are you wasting time telling the "Tea Party", telling them to "go straight to hell" and calling them racist.  FYI, they're playing the same game you are - screaming to the heavens above to get noticed.

Oh, and to the Congresswoman from Florida whose bitching about the Tea Party and calling them racist (BTW, nice touch with the Cowboy Hat you stupid twit!!!) - NOT EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD IS ABOUT RACE, and everytime you open up your pie-hole about stupid shit, you demean the real racial shit that goes on in this country.  Playing the race card only means that real racism will never be exposed for the true evil that it is! 



You know what's worse?  The idiots in the audience who believe this bullshit and can't differentiate it from the reality many people deal with daily. 


Wrestling Wednesdays - Matt gone - WWE announcer gone
Category: Wrestling

Kofi Kingston and Evan Borne are the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Matt Hardy was arrested for DWI in North Carolina.

TNA released Matt Hardy following his DWI.

Talk is Jeff Hardy will return in October. His drug trail has been delayed again. But as I wrote this he is twitting that he will be at Impact Wrestling taping.

Rey Mysterio will be out. He is having knee surgery.

WWE announcer Todd Grisham is leaving to join ESPN. 



Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Goodell






Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I have to admit that I am not really too inspired to write today. I don't know if it is the long summer that has drained my creative flow or maybe my biorhythms are just a bit off. Whatever the reason, I will work through my block to get this blog finished.





I had a very interesting conversation with my wife this week about Terrell Pryor and his entry in the supplemental draft. Her point was that player should not be allowed to mess up in college and skate to the NFL leaving their punishment behind. While I understand and appreciate this thought, what happened to Pryor is just not consistent with what the NFL and specifically Commissioner Goodell have established as precedent.  Why is it that a certain USC coach can leave his college program in the ditch and go to work in the NFL without even a backward glance, yet Pryor is subjectively punished. I have a huge problem with a system that is not consistent...and this system is currently whatever Goodell decides it will be. I am not a fan or Terrell Pryor, but the NCAA had their chance to punish Pryor and gave him a pass. It was obvious that Pryor would jump the NFL, why not prevent him from playing in a bowl game last year?. I know that Pryor is no angel, but this is as much about a screwed up system than selling/trading bowl gifts for tattoos.  While on the was indeed interesting to read the comments that Vick made to GQ magazine. Here is the exact quote:



“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth,” Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. “I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.” Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation. ” 



It is clear that Vick is shooting straight in this interview. Even if Philly was the right place for Vick to be, should the NFL commissioner be the person deciding where a troubled player starts over? Of course Vick later "clarified" his statement to say that going to Philadelphia was his decision. Why would Vick mention Goodell's involvement if it were not true?

Jerome Harrison has frequently expressed his distaste for Goodell. He has used words like crook, devil, puppet and dictator to describe Commissioner Goodell. I have always felt that Harrison was just sore because all of the fines his aggressive play has caused...but perhaps he offers an honest assessment of the man?


Professional football is a great game that has endured many changes. The current game has little of the toughness that I grew up watching...and maybe that is as it has to be. I do know that the commissioner is chosen to serve the game as an independent voice, not a scheming tyrant that works the game for his benefit.




I watched the movie Radio Tuesday evening. I love that movie and I am always amazed at the great work of Cuba Gooding.Jr. There is one scene that always stands out for me :





I love the line about looking for a win on Friday nights and Saturday morning when you found one. As cool as that is, what always sticks with me is the message about priorities. Growing up my father used to say the exact same thing to me when I screwed up..."son you need to get your priorities straight." He probably did not think I heard him, but I did. After the past few weeks at the Gab, I am again reminded just how important each day is. As much as the coach loved football, he realized that his family was more important to him. As important as sports are, my family and friends is what is most important to me.

As my son begins his junior year of high school football, I will attempt to slow the days and enjoy each one. It will be a fun season, but I know that these dog days of August will soon turn to the cooler weather of fall and suddenly it will be baseball season again. Last week, I traveled a to Brenham Texas to watch 5A Westwood scrimmage 4A Brenham. You frequently hear that the defense always looks better early...and the scrimmage was indeed this. Although Westwood had a few good offensive moments, it was the monster in the middle of the defensive line that caught and kept my eye. Do you remember seeing Miami dismantle Texas in the Cotton Bowl years ago? Well, Malcolm Brown looks like a young Russell Maryland. 6'3 and pushing 300 this DT runs a 4.7 40. I was happy to see that he has committed to the Longhorns, but sad to see their fine Mike LB is headed to A&M. I did not load any film of the scrimmage, but mark my word...Malcolm Brown will be playing football for years to come.




Did you happen to see that Matt Holliday had to leave a game because he got a bug in his ear? I have seen any number of injuries forcing a player off the field, but that was a first for me...

Here is the link:


That is all that I have today, but here is a bit of Jack Handey for the rest of your week:


Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.

I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid.  



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few thoughts of your own.

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Hey Gabbers. I'm back from a two week galavanting spree with my girlfriend. It was a pretty nice break that started off with a four day roadtrip from Salt Lake City, Utah back here to the Detroit area. I loved driving through Wyoming. That state is breathtaking if you've never been. Unfortunately, driving may have been too strong a word as I can't drive stick. My girlfriend tried to teach me a little along the way, but I was a bit weary trying it out on highways with truckers and bikers going about 80 mph while I clunked along. Either way, I rode easy knowing my bro, IHM, was back here ranting on my behalf. He made some awesome points which I will briefly touch on.

My girlfriend is a geologist/geological engineer and spent the summer interning at Barrick gold mines in Nevada. She loves it out west. I snapped plenty of pics of different rock formations and mountains as we sped along. I was also happy to see lots of cool wildlife. We saw a moose like the one pictured above as we left Utah. We stopped at a nice park that had some buffalo penned up. I wonder if they were nuisence buffalo or just a small herd they planned to relocate? I missed a great photo op as I rode by some male pronghorn's grazing on a hill by the road. If you've never seen pronghorns, they're probably one of our nation's most beautiful and graceful naturally occurring species. They have great coloring and are our fastest land mammal.

I wish I had the pics I took, but my girlfriend got back to University of Missouri S&T at Rolla just in time to start the semester. I'll share them once we upload them.

So my bro mentioned that he was happy to see Jim Thome getting close to and eventually reaching 600 HRs. I'm happy to say I saw him reach that milestone live and in person. I got a chance to go to the game with my girlfriend and my friend Dave. I knew he was close, but I'll admit I was kinda slow to react to what I saw once he smashed his second homer of the night. Once I realize, I was on my feet and explaining to Dave and my girlfriend what had happened. I made sure to note the feat on my ticket before stashing it away.

Still, I was a fan of Thome from his Cleveland days. It sucks he hit a lot of them at the expense of the Tigers, but I was glad to be able to see him get 600. Now I know some folks aren't sure if he did it legitimately and I don't know if I am too sure of it. The steroid age has left a lot of fans cynical in regards to the game and I have to admit that I am no exclusion, but I was pretty happy for Thome. He has at least been a class act.

Speaking of being happy to see things, current NY Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich snagged an interception during Monday's beating of the Chicago Bears. As many of you probably know, Herzlich was a promising linebacker at Boston College before he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and sidelined. Herzlich was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants. I hope this ups his chances to make the team.

Meanwhile, in Jeff's neck of the woods, a father and son were towed around the coast of Galveston for about an hour by a huge shark. The duo decided to take their kayak out to do some fishing when they hooked a monster seven foot black tip. The boy got some great footage of the shark before they decided to let it go. The following link has the full story and video:

Reports are that the mother is considering charges of child endangerment against the father. They are apparently divorced.

Finally, I guess my new favorite kids book Go The Fuck To Sleep, which was recently recorded by none other than Samuel L motherfuckin' Jackson, is going to have some competition for most controversial kids book of the year. Maggie Goes On A Diet centers around a 12 year old girl who is teased for being fat but goes on a diet and instantly becomes popular. The book is being marketed to kids from 4-8.

I'm all for kid's books having a message, but this one seems a bit old for the intended audience. Kids need to get more exercise and a lot is being done to assure that they will get better nutrition options at school, but this sort of prodding is a bit out of line. Kid's shouldn't be made that aware of their image at that age, it'll come naturally enough in middle school. Even then, their ideas will be supported by health class and healthy options to lose weight if they feel they shoud. Let's go back to the simple issues at their age like making friends.

Well that's it for me this week. Glad to be back here with you folks at the Gab. Another big thanks to my brother, IHM, for filling in. I know my absence may have a flimsy excuse based on recent events in our fellowship, but I only get to see my girlfriend about two, maybe three times a year. It's been long distance mainly phone contact for almost 4 years. As much as I love posting for and chatting with you guys, I was happy to spend some time with her. Let's pick back up with our word of the week.

chiptease, noun

When you buy a bag of chips thinking that it will be full of chips but when you open the bag it's barely full.

I bought a bag of chips out of the vending machine and there was only 5 chips in the bag, what a Chiptease!



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